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Onomatopoeia (was: Bell)

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Monday, December 26, 2005, 20:48
Jim Henry wrote:
> Roger Mills wrote: > > Charlie wrote: > > > > > My source for senjecan vocabulary does not have a word for "bell," as > > > in "ding=dong." Does anyone have a compound word for "bell" in his > > > conlang? For that matter, how do your conlangs say, "ding-dong"? > > > > > Kash is based on onomatopoeia-- > > Similarly in gjâ-zym-byn; > > niqnx ( /nIN/ ) "ringing"
> It seems we all have consonant + > vowel + /N/.
Since western style bells, at least, make a clear and percussive sound, it figures that stops, especially, are used (ping, (td)ing(- aling), ring, tinkle; clang). I wonder what Japanese, for ex., has for the sound of their bells (the few I've heard, e.g. the big peace bell in Hiroshima that shows up on TV on Aug.6)-- which seems a more "rattling" sort of sound-- different alloy? casting technique ~thickness ~shape? overtones? Indonesian must have words for the various sounds of their gongs (which are usually tuned to a scale and produce a clear sound). Unlike the Chinese "gong" that more resembles a cymbal. Very curious...:-)))
> > On 12/22/05, Scotto Hlad <scott.hlad@...> wrote: > > From my perspective, I am curious how others have handled the question > > of > > onomatopoeia in their conlangs in general. > > I have a few other onomatopoeic words > in gzb: > > hqaxnq /G&~/ "to yell, roar, bleat" > vxaxw /bv)aU/ "dog" > raxm /4@m/ "cat" > zum /zum/ "cricket" > > I haven't really worked out consistent > principles for onomatopoeia, though.
I haven't really, either-- some of my Kash words seem rather obvious (or could it be, universal :-) ?)... krak breaking krek cracking, crackling kruñ [kruN] growling tam drumming tap snapping tip light tapping trip drip pum loud sharp noise-- explosion, gunshot, thunderclap Others maybe less so-- çeñ [SEN] cymbal çusu rustling cek lightningbolt sit scratching tis tickling tup bouncing (>tupatúp a humorous word for sex.intercourse) fup fart pom gong prup bubbling (when pouring, also rumbling in the stomach) nip oops! (when slipping) And a few animal sounds-- cik, cek, cak, cok, cuk the chirping sounds made by various "lizards" eñe bleat ñaw(uo)ñ ['Ja(uo)N] like a "meow" ñar roar